DORA Siliya must choose between the PF and opposition Movement for Multiparty Democracy(MMD) who have indicated their wish to adopt her as their candidate for the forthcoming Petauke by-election.
By yesterday she was still mulling over the matter.
On Friday MMD party spokesperson Raphael Nakachinda said Ms Siliya is in good standing with the party and she can stand on the former ruling party ticket.
Patriotic Front (PF) secretary general Davis Chama says the ruling party was open to all Zambians who desired to be part of unity and reconciliation President Edgar Lungu was preaching therefore Ms Siliya, Maxwell Mwale of Malambo and Hastings Sililo of Mulobezi were free to re-contest their seats on the Patriotic Front (PF) ticket.
Mr Chama said the PF was not going to inhibit the trio if they desired to re-contest their seats on the ruling party’s ticket because democracy was about respecting people choices.
The PF, he said, had adopted an open door policy and was ready to welcome as many members as possible.
Mr Chama said the landmark judgment by the Supreme Court that the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) should consider the application by Ms Siliya, Mr Mwale and Mr Sililo to re-contest their seats was correcting some of the judicial decisions in the long and protracted legal battle by the trio.
He said the PF and President Lungu strongly believed in the rule of law and that it was encouraging that the three constituencies would now be given the opportunity to be represented in Parliament.
Mr Chama said the PF was like a church that would welcome all those seeking to contribute to the economic development of the country. “The judgment by the Supreme Court that Ms Siliya, Mr Mwale and Mr Sililo should re-contest their seats is the best thing that has happened to their constituencies. When I visited Mulobezi, the people complained that they were not seeing development because they had no representation in Parliament. However, if Ms Siliya, Mr Mwale and Mr Sililo decided to re-contest their seats on our party’s ticket, they would be welcome because we believe in unity and reconciliation. President Lungu has been preaching unity and reconciliation and our minds are open to all Zambians willing to work with the PF,” Mr Chama said.
He said the matters had taken too long in the courts and that the affected constituencies were deprived of development because the people who were supposed to advance developmental programmes were fighting court battles.